While attending Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, Carrie Underwood decided to audition for the TV show "American Idol." In 2004, she not only earned a spot on the hit show, but went on to win its fourth season. She produced the fastest-selling country music album by a female since the Nielsen SoundScan began in 1991. Her 2005 album, "Some Hearts," became certified triple-platinum. Meanwhile, her first single, titled "Inside Your Heaven," slid onto the top of Billboard pop charts.Continue Reading
Soon topping country music charts in 2006, her song, "Jesus, Take the Wheel," earned Underwood the Country Music Association Award for single of the year, the Academy of Country Music Award for single of the year, and two Grammy Awards for best new artist and best female country vocal performance.
The following year, Underwood produced the song "Before He Cheats," for which she earned a Grammy for best female country vocal performance and a Country Music Award for single of the year. Her second album, "Carnival Ride," topped charts with several No. 1 hits, including "All-American Girl" and "Last Name."
Inducted in 2008 at the age of 26, Underwood became the youngest member of the Grand Old Opry. The same year, for the third year in a row, she received the honor of best female vocalist of the year at the Country Music Awards.Learn more about Art & Literature